Belgian shot-stopper Simon Mignolet is frustrated with Jurgen Klopp’s rotation policy at Liverpool and has had a conversation with the manager indicating his displeasure.
You don’t have to look far to find a Liverpool supporter that has lost his temper with Simon Mignolet at one point or another.
While the Belgian was very good for Sunderland before signing for the Reds in 2013 and has done some good things in his 5-year stint with the club, he is quite simply below the grade that is required of a club looking to challenge on multiple fronts.
Manchester United have David De Gea and the Spaniard is easily worth at least 10 points a season whereas Mignolet has cost Liverpool big time every season over the last five years.
And it might finally be coming to an end if the Belgian’s own words are an indication of anything.
Speaking to Belgian news outlet Sporza, Mignolet said: “Ten days ago, after the game against Burnley, I had a conversation with Klopp. In the Christmas period, we had rotated again and I felt that that was not a healthy situation for a keeper.
“Klopp then told me what on Sunday was confirmed before and after the match but of course I’m not happy with that – but no heavy words have come afterward.
“Of course I am not satisfied with that, but I always have to respect the trainer’s decision.”
The no.22 says he respects Klopp’s decision and has posted on social media to not give up but speaking to the media doesn’t portray the highest regard for your coach’s choice.
— Simon Mignolet (@SMignolet) January 16, 2018
He continued, saying: “After everything that has happened this season, I know where I stand and the situation has become clearer. I always try to stay calm, and I have already grown stronger from such situations.
“But of course I also have to think about my own future, the only thing I can do is focus on the training and do my best. I’m 30 years old and the World Cup is coming in. This situation can not last too long, that’s clear. I cannot say more about it.”
The World Cup is coming and Mignolet is right that he does also need to think about his own career but given his performances for the Reds, it seems improbable he will start for Belgium in Russia ahead of Thibaut Courtois.
What do you make of Klopp’s rotation policy and where it leaves Simon Mignolet?